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Monday, September 28

Review and Photos: Poor Man's Whiskey- Brooklyn Bowl - 9/13

A killer Sunday night hoedown took place last weekend at New York’s own Brooklyn Bowl when Northern Californian band Poor Man’s Whiskey rolled into town for a special two set performance. The band who has made a name for themselves with their upbeat shows and one of a kind cover sets came into Brooklyn hot, igniting the crowd creating an evening full of singing and dancing
Kicking the night off with a set of original tunes the band wasted little time getting the crowd into the show with “Humboldt Hoedown.” This high octane, boot stomping goodness made it impossible for my feet to do much else but dance the night away and continued as the band broke into “Let’s Go Out Tonight.” Each member added to the band’s overall sound beautifully, resulting in a performance that was as well polished as it was infectious. This was best displayed during a powerful version of “Angeline”, a song released on Goodbye California, which seemed to blend Southern Rock and Bluegrass perfectly. This was the not only a highlight of the evening but one of my favorite songs of the evening. The set also included a brief pause as the band and fans alike took a moment to wish guitarist Jason Beard’s daughter a Happy Birthday as she made a quick appearance on stage.
The second set of the evening was a special treat as the band paid homage to Paul Simon with their take on his classic album Graceland. The band dissected the music adding their own unique style and sound beautifully recreating the entire album. They seemed to be enjoying themselves as much as their fans as they broke into “Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes.” This was one not only my favorite moment of the set but also the evening. The bands passion and love for performing truly shined through seemingly driving both their fans as well as their own energy to peak levels as they took this song for a beautiful ride. The energy remained high as the band moved into “You Can Call Me Al” which was without question a fan favorite. This became the biggest singalong of the evening as the entire room seemed to move closer to the stage and sing louder with excitement, as if they had forgotten the song was on this album. This energy seemed to remain constant throughout the remainder of the performance leaving nothing but a room full of happy fans as the night came to an end.
Taking on a classic album like Graceland is no easy task, but that didn’t stop Poor Man’s Whiskey from doing it and doing it as well as I could have ever hoped for. There is something about this band that draws you in and this was displayed perfectly as they captured the true passion and emotion of the album all while making it their own as well. The entire evening flowed beautifully leaving me waiting for what these guys have in store for their next time around.
Poor Man’s Whiskey is made up of :
Josh Brough –Banjo, Keyboards, Harmonica and Vocals,                                 
Jason Beard- Guitar and Mandolin
Aspen Stevenson – Bass
George Smeltz- Drums, Suitcase
Sean Lehe- Guitar
To learn more about the band, see when they are touring, or grab some of their music or merch head on over to their website at

Words: Chason Heins
Photos: Mike Geller
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